Over the last year, there has been a significant increase in incidences of theft in Parkdale, including break-ins to vehicles, underground and above-ground garages and – in one notable instance – a vehicle stolen right off a resident’s front driveway.
On August 22, we received a call from a resident who had just witnessed a break-in on 5th Avenue, in broad daylight. The Police responded within 60 seconds, and the Police helicopter responded quite quickly after that. We are unaware if the culprit has been found at this time.
Please be sure to lock your vehicles, even if you are only leaving it for a few minutes. Car theft and vandalism happens quickly and often go unreported. It is strongly recommended that you do not leave any valuables in your vehicles, including you garage door opener.
If you witness a crime in action, please call 911 immediately. If you are a victim of crime, please report the crime to Calgary Police Services, even if there is no damage to your vehicle.
If Calgary Police Services is aware of all vehicular crime in the community, they can add resources and increase in community officers. They base their resources on statistics, and if crime isn’t reported, they have no evidence that there is a need for more enforcement officers.